Fall Decor 2017

Fall is my favorite season. Each year I add a few new pieces to my seasonal collection. I traveled so much this summer that I didn’t have time to plant real flowers! We did retain a landscaper to keep our grass & bushes cut. Here are photos of my Fall Decor:

Gift Idea: Photo Mug

There are so many things that you can do with your photos besides leaving them on Social Media. Many companies today allow you to make personalized bags, magnets, mugs, blankets and more with your photos. I ordered our Holiday Cards through TinyPrints.com. While on the site, I also decided to order a few of their…

Apple Cider Mimosas via The Chew

Earlier this week, I was watching “The Chew” and Clinton Kelly created an Apple Cider Mimosas. I’m not a big alcohol person, but I LOVE champagne! So I took note and decided to try it out today. The original recipe called for half a glass of chilled Apple Cider, half a glass of chilled Champagne…

Hello December!

It’s hard to believe that it is already December 1st, but it is!!!! I was able to switch out the Fall/Thanksgiving Decorations for December. Here is what our house looks like inside:         I’m going to try to blog everyday this month. You can check back tomorrow for a roundup of the…

Think At Solutions… Not Problems!

Image: Courtesy of Lifehack I recently attended the State of Black Chicago organized by our City Clerk: Dorothy Brown. Black Chicago has several crises including a dwindling population and a community ravaged by youth violence. There were committees that were organized around several areas including: [list the nine areas]. Throughout the day, representatives from each…

What is your ideal schedule?

We often think about our ideal career, relationship or even house. I had two doctor’s appointments scheduled in one day earlier this week which required me to take off work and while sipping my Venti Iced White Mocha in a swanky Chicago college neighborhood, staring at my laptop and people watching, I started thinking about…

Beautiful Flowers for the Season

Last summer I delved into gardening a little bit. I created a beautiful end of summer/fall collection: https://donnienicole.com/2012/08/18/making-an-entrance-more-yard-projects/. At the beginning of the summer I started with two little containers on the porch https://donnienicole.com/2012/06/27/trying-to-make-things-grow/. Last summer was our first year in the house and I didn’t want to do too much so I kept it pretty simple….

Spring Porch Inspiration

I’ve seriously got Spring Fever. I can’t wait to walk out of the house without a coat and open the windows to see a (warm) cloudy & misty day. Spring is when all things become new again. My home has a beautiful large rectangular porch:   We didn’t do much last summer to the home,…

Spotify Is Better Than Pandora… and iTunes!

Change is hard, and if you’re using Pandora, it may be hard to convince you that there is something better. I’m still steaming due to the latest iTunes interface lift. It’s difficult to navigate! Pandora has over 900,000 songs from over 90,000 artists. Spotify has more than 15 million. Pandora is simply a radio station,…

Week 2 – Organization Challenge – Brainstorming

Last week I started Wookiemouse’s organization challenge. Click here for more info: https://donnienicole.com/2012/11/10/organization-challenge-week-1-space-audit/ If the Scrap Fairy came to visit me, she’d leave a clean & tidy space where all of my supplies and materials were easily accessible. I need: A ribbon jar. I don’t use ribbon on every layout but I’d like to be able…

Organization Challenge Week 1 – Space Audit

Find out more about Week 1 here: http://wookiemouse.blogspot.com/2009/05/organization-challenge-week-one-space.html What works? What doesn’t work? What doesn’t work?  – I have to sit on the floor to craft because my desk is being used as storage:   – My trash was too far away when I started crafting (which would make clean-up a pain in the eye) –…